Lorena A. Rutkowski

Lorena A. Rutkowski, 89, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at her home with her daughters by her side. She was born in Ballston Spa, NY on December 10, 1931 to William and Ava VanDyke.

On January 31, 1959 she married Frank Rutkowski and together they raised their daughters, working on the family farm. She enjoyed going out with friends, and for many years she went out with her “Purple Hat” group. Lorena was a graduate of the Ballston Spa Class of 1949, known affectionately as the “forty-niners”, who shared memories and lunches together. She was also a member of VFW Post 358 Auxiliary. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her parents William and Ava, husband Frank, and her brother William VanDyke. Lorena is survived by her daughters Frances Kenison (Bruce) and Kathleen Coleman; grandsons Erik, Aaron and Asa; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Friday, July 2 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 9:30am Saturday, July 3 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in St Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Lorena may be made to St Mary’s Church.

Guest Book

Barbara Smith

I’m so sorry about the loss of your Mom. You two were close and this is a huge loss for you and Asa. I’m keeping your family in my prayers. Reach out if you need to talk.

Carole McCarthy

Lorena was a very generous soul. When my mother died in 2006 she had a Mass said for her in Ballston Spa. We got together then and I shared my mother's photo album. About 4 years ago we got together again and she shared a wonder 1902 family photo of my great grandparents Walenty and Josephine Bamber Giniecki with my grandmother at age 9 and her 6 siblings. Lorena spent many hours explaining the family history and genealogy. Thank you Lorena for the wonderful gift.
Lorena was my 1st cousin through marriage.

Karen Shea

She was a wonderful lady. She was my secretary with the Aux for many years... she was a friend of our family for many years....RIP my friend. Thoughts and prayers to the family